Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray wants longer stays for Royston Drenthe and Lewis McGugan

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Stuart Gray admits he would love to see deals for Lewis McGugan and Royston Drenthe extended beyond January.

The Owls head coach has already made contact with Reading over extending Drenthe’s deal but admits the Royals’ recent change of management may have scuppered his plans.

“It all depends on the new manager Steve Clarke and whether he’ll want to have a close look at Royston before deciding what to do,” Gray said.

“I’ve not spoken to Reading since Steve came in but I’ve had a conversation in the past with their director of football Nicky Hammond about keeping Royston for longer.

“Steve might want all his players in the building first but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Gray admits he is likely to face competition to keep McGugan at the club with Watford recently suggesting they would listen to offers for the attack-minded midfielder.

But he also believes McGugan himself would be interested in a longer stay at Hillsborough.

He said: “You fear a tug of war but you always fear that you’re one phonecall away from him getting recalled.

“Would I like him to stay at Sheffield Wednesday? Absolutely.

“If Lewis does become available, I’m sure it won’t just be Sheffield Wednesday who will be interested.

“I’m sure he would like to stay because we’re giving him the opportunity to ply his trade.

“We’ll cross that bridge when he come to it.”

Both men are likely to start for the Owls against Fulham tomorrow.

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